Students Soar to New Sights

Students Soar to New Sights

Space: the final frontier. Hundreds of Earthlings gathered at Central High School in Carrollton armed with telescopes and curiosity. Their seven-hour mission: to witness the rare occurrence of Mercury crossing the sun. The University of West Georgia Observatory hosted the public outreach event to provide an opportunity for high school students and members of the community to view the Mercury Transit. This is the longest duration of this type of eclipse since the early 1970s. Ben Jenkins, senior lab coordinator and associate director of the UWG Observatory, explained that because Mercury is a smaller planet that lies within Earth’s own orbit, the two planets and the sun don't align often. When they do line up, it is only in the months of May and November.

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